The Hawk and the Nightingale

: Aesop's Fables

A NIGHTINGALE, sitting aloft upon an oak and singing according to

his wont, was seen by a Hawk who, being in need of food, swooped

down and seized him. The Nightingale, about to lose his life,

earnestly begged the Hawk to let him go, saying that he was not

big enough to satisfy the hunger of a Hawk who, if he wanted

food, ought to pursue the larger birds. The Hawk, interrupting

him, said: "I should indeed have lost my senses if I should let

go food ready in my hand, for the sake of pursuing birds which

are not yet even within sight."